Paints and coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) has appointed Jim Kavanagh as its new managing director for the industrial coatings business.
In this capacity, Kavanagh is tasked with leading the company’s strategic direction across a diverse portfolio, which includes coil and extrusion coatings; packaging coatings; and wood finishes and adhesives.
Kavanagh joined AkzoNobel in 1990 as a development chemist within protective coatings. During his 32 years with the company, he has held various positions, including roles within product management and marketing. From 2000, he worked internationally as a general manager and commercial director based in China, Africa, and the United Arab Emirates.
Most recently, Kavanagh was responsible for leading the company’s metal coatings business in EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) as regional commercial director.
“I’m very proud to be leading a business with so many talented individuals and teams across such a diverse and impressive portfolio,” Kavanagh says. “I’m looking forward to further developing our capabilities and building on our leading global positions.”
Source: AkzoNobel, www.akzonobel.com.